Best Of This Week

May 11, 2008

POP

CALEB STINE & THE BRAKEMEN / / 10:30 p. m. Saturday. The 8X10, 10 E. Cross St. $8. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com.

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Caleb Stine, a fixture on the Baltimore indie scene, sidesteps the category-defying mash-ups usually heard around the city. He earnestly sticks to the dusty acoustic sounds of Americana. His evocative songs echo his influences, namely Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.

October 29th, Stine's independently released debut with his band the Brakemen, came out in May 2006. Since then, he has regularly toured the country. In the spring, he and the Brakemen -- which include Andrew Stack on bass, E.J. Shaull-Thompson on drums and Burke Sampson on guitar -- released their sophomore effort, I'll Head West Again.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

ART

AARON DOUGLAS / / 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets Northwest, Washington. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.

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Aaron Douglas was the quintessential artist of the African-American cultural flowering of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance. His paintings, murals, prints, drawings and illustrations helped define a new African-American identity rooted in modernity and the urban environment.

The Smithsonian show brings together more than 80 works by the artist, who combined cubism, geometric abstraction and a subdued color palette with figures from African and African-American history to create instantly recognizable images that spoke directly to the waves of recent migrants from the rural South to Northern cities.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

TELEVISION

STORM OVER EVEREST / / 9 p.m. Tuesday. MPT (Channels 22 and 67).

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Filmmaker and mountain climber David Breashears revisits the most deadly climbing tragedy in Mount Everest history in this mesmerizing two-hour film.

Breashears, who aided in the rescue, reunites most of the survivors to tell their stories and returns to treacherous Everest terrain, where five climbers lost their lives amid an intense blizzard. The production also includes a bone-chilling physical re-creation of the 1996 climb. The human instinct for survival meets the harsh fury of nature in an epic struggle at 26,000 feet.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

CLASSICAL

MOSCOW VIRTUOSI / / 8 p.m. Wednesday. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25-$75. 301-581-5100, strathmore.org.

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The Moscow Virtuosi, the aptly named chamber orchestra founded by remarkable Russian violinist / conductor Vladimir Spivakov during the waning days of the Soviet Union, is spending part of its 30th-anniversary season on a U.S. tour that includes a stop in Montgomery County. The ensemble will be joined for this concert by an appropriately virtuosic soloist -- Olga Kern, the Russian pianist whose fiery technique and expressive force earned her the gold medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition. She'll be featured in concertos by Haydn and Shostakovich (No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings). Spivakov will also lead his orchestra in Schoenberg's lush Transfigured Night and some modern tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

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[TIM SMITH]

FESTIVAL

WINE IN THE WOODS / / Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and May 18. 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. Free. $20-$25. $5 for ages 4-20. Free for ages 3 and younger. 410-313-7275 or wineinthewoods.com.

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This annual event may be better known for, of course, the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the state. But, handmade crafts by more than 75 artisans, including A Bead Apart Jewelry, Blue Mist Pottery, Cookie Dough Creations and PIMTTS Woodturning, also abound.

Festival-goers can enjoy a variety of entertainment, including Latin jazz group Rumba Club, pop rock performer Risa, living statues, a roving magician and more.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

DANCE

PHILADANCO / / 8 p.m. Friday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $18-$38. 301-581-5100 or strathmore.org.

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Philadanco has performed in the Baltimore area many times over the years and, with each visit, it becomes more tightly enmeshed in the cultural fabric. The Philadelphia troupe was formed 38 years ago to cultivate African-American dancers and choreographers; the company's highly athletic movements are rooted in jazz, hip-hop and ethnic traditions.

For this short but sweet visit to Strathmore, the troupe will present two old favorites and two new works that received their world premieres in its hometown last year.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

DVD

FRANK SINATRA: THE GOLDEN YEARS COLLECTION / / Available Tuesday. Warner Home Video. DVD: $39.98.

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Commemorate the 10th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's death (May 14, 1998) with Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years Collection, which assembles in one package Some Came Running, The Man With the Golden Arm, The Tender Trap, None but the Brave and Marriage on the Rocks. Sinatra never gave a better performance as an actor than he did in The Man With the Golden Arm as Frankie Machine, a hot-shot poker dealer and junkie who emerges from prison hoping to kick all his bad habits and earn a living as a drummer.

Everything Sinatra does in this movie is electrically nuanced. And Sinatra isn't just putting on a one-man show -- he adjusts persuasively when Machine moves between two women, Eleanor Parker and Kim Novak. The movie rests on Sinatra's ability to pull off the terrifying cold-turkey sequence, where he alternates between frenzy and collapse.

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

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